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Completely out of my depth

daughter

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Mar 16, 2005
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Mum and I both thought Dad was going today when he started coughing, but he's always been very strong and sometimes stubborn! He opened his eyes while we were there but they have gone a different colour, I don't think he could see us. Mum stroked his shoulder and cleaned his mouth and it is so desperately touching and heart-wrenching to watch.

I haven't properly cried yet but seeing Dad like that.. just waiting.. and me wanting to hold his face in my hands, and never let it go, so that I'd never forget what he looks like... I couldn't help but well up, but then when Mum saw me, she started crying, so I stopped. It just gets harder each time we visit. This still feels like some nightmare unravelling before my eyes - (both Mum and I are having actual vivid nightmares too - I guess that's normal).

Then on the drive home with Mum we were talking about going to see him afterwards. She says she will but I don't know if I can. Mum said she couldn't go to see her Dad, he died when she was just 27. She seems the strong one sometimes and I feel like a child. I know that it is nearly over but I both want it to be over, for Dad, for all of us, and yet I don't.
 

Amy

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Jan 4, 2006
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Hazel.
You are doing just fine - you are not out of your depth.
I went to see my FIL in the Chapel of Rest - he died very unexpectedly. I was really scared about it - having never seen a body. It didn't look like him, they hadn't given him a smile, which many of the undertakers seem to do. I was surprised by the coldness when I touched him - icy.
I went with my MIL, former husband and our children - we all cried - we comforted one another - we moved in and out of the room as we wished.
Do I regret it? No. It made me realise that it was merely an empty shell that was left behind,.... was nolonger there. It helped me at the funeral - because I did not feel that ......was trapped inside the coffin. My boys are all glad that they went - it helped them to accept that their grandfather was dead - none of us had had the chance to say goodbye. You will know what is right for you when the time comes.

Hazel, if you need to cry, then do so. Let your mum be your mum, and comfort you. You in turn wll be able to support her. I am sure that when your dad dies, you will then be able to remember him as he was - before being ravaged by dementia.
Hazel, just do what you need to do - hold him, stroke him, sing to him - whatever is right for you.
Thinking of you.
You know where we are.
Much love, Helen
 

Grannie G

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Apr 3, 2006
71,119
Kent
Dear Hazel, I`m not surprised you feel out of your depth. I can`t imagine anyone feeling in control, having to endure such heartache.
It`s wonderful that you and your mother are there for each other. There is no need to be `brave.` Go with your feelings. Love Sylvia x
 

Áine

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Feb 22, 2006
994
sort of north east ish
dear hazel,

i'm so sorry you're going through this. i'd never presume to say "i know just how you feel" but i can remember being there with my dad so vividly.

thinking of you with love

Áine
 

daughter

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Mar 16, 2005
824
My dear virtual friends, thank you so much. You have no idea how much your kind words are helping me.
love from Hazel.
 

DaughterN

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Feb 6, 2007
14
United States
know the pain Hazel

Mom is in Hospice now....exactly what you are going through with your Dad I am going thgrough with Mom....it is gut wrenching for me...she seems very calm but coughing some from the aspiration pneumonia....I pray for your Dad too...Here we are so far apart but feeling the same pain.
Bless you Hazel......from Noreen Stephenson "DaughterN"
 

daughter

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Mar 16, 2005
824
Thank you Connie, I am feeling a bit calmer today. Thank you Noreen, and yes we are in a similar place. I find this waiting so difficult, I can't concentrate on anything else. I will be thinking of you too.

love from Hazel.
 

Skye

Registered User
Aug 29, 2006
17,000
SW Scotland
Dear Hazel & Noreen

Just to say that my thoughts are with you both. It's a terrible time, waiting for a loved one to die, wanting their suffering to be over, but not wanting to lose them.

I know the pain you are feeling, and I know that you can both be strong enough to come through this. It will be over, and you will once more be able to remember the good times.

Much love,
 

daughter

Registered User
Mar 16, 2005
824
Dad died this morning. I don't feel much different at the moment, except a bit numb, mixed in with some relief that it is all over. Mum and sis got to the hospital first (I was grandaughter sitting), so when I got there they'd already been to see Dad, and they were just having a cup of tea. Gave Mum a big hug and cried a little but it seemed a bit of an anti-climax. Mum seemed ok - we have had so much grief over the past years, she said she was all cried out. Mum asked if I wanted to see Dad but I didn't, she said he looked peaceful although my sister told me he'd looked just the same. I suppose it depends on how you look at it. I think it will be a slow realisation for me that it really is all over.

Thank you all so much for all your support over the years. I'm not sure how I would have got through this without TP and all it's special people. Sis said the one good thing to have come out of all this is that we've met some lovely people who have been so kind. You are all included in that.

Love from Hazel.
 

Skye

Registered User
Aug 29, 2006
17,000
SW Scotland
Dear Hazel

My thoughts are with you at this sad time. It does leave a void, and it's so difficult to know how to handle it. Just go with your own feelings. If you want to see your Dad, then do; if no, then don't. There's no right or wrong.

Don't feel you have to leave us. We're still here for you, whenever you need us.

Love,
 

Grannie G

Volunteer Moderator
Apr 3, 2006
71,119
Kent
Dear Hazel, Thank you for your post. We all knew it had to come to this, but I`m sure it doesn`t make it any easier.

I just hope it will be some consolation for you, your mother and your sister to know your dad`s suffering is over now.

You have devoted so much to him, now devote a little to yourselves.

Please know the friends you have made on TP will still be here for you all, should you need us.

With love and sympathy, Sylvia xx
 

Tina

Registered User
May 19, 2006
420
So sorry Hazel. Sending you and the family my condolences and sympathy.
Tina
 

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